Bring Back the Fish

Bringing fish life back to Noosa: restoring a lost habitat in the Noosa Biosphere Reserve

Project purpose

The Noosa River and Lakes system and Laguna Bay were once teeming with marine life. Recreational fishing flourished, as did commercial fishing. This is no longer the case. This project aims to achieve the progressive re-establishment and restoration of resilient aquatic ecosystems in the Noosa Estuary, River and Lakes system. It consists of three elements:

  • Re-establishing oyster reefs and associated aquatic communities in the Noosa Estuary and River up to Tewantin;
  • Restoring prawn stocks in the Noosa River and Lakes; and
  • Improving land use practices in the Kin Kin catchment to reduce sediment runoff into the River and Lakes system.

The long term outcome sought is a considered balance between marine biodiversity recovery and sustainable recreational and commercial fishing.

Proponent: Noosa Parks Association Inc. and The Thomas Foundation


  • Restore the marine biodiversity of the Noosa River and Lakes system and Laguna Bay by restoring fish populations to levels that better reflect past abundance;
  • Move towards the realisation of local recreational fishing and commercial fishing practices that are sustainable.


This project is due for completion through to 2018.

Project value

  • USC Project value: $1,056,497
  • Funding from NBR Foundation: $311,850
  • UQ Project value: $460,584
  • Funding from NBR Foundation: $173,584

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